A display at the Bar Harbor Fire Department honors first responders who died during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. ISLANDER FILE PHOTO

9-11 observances set

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — On Sunday, Sept. 11, the Southwest Harbor Fire Department will have a procession in memory of the 343 New York City firefighters, as well as other first responders and citizens, who died in the attacks on the World Trade Centers 15 years ago.

“As the fire trucks travel through town, it is hoped that community members will take a moment to watch and remember those who were lost,” a spokesperson said. The procession will take about 45 minutes. The route will be from Carroll’s Hill down Main Street and up Seal Cove Road and back to Main Street.

It will continue down Main Street, up Village Green Way to the Ridge Apartments and back to Main Street, continuing along Main Street to Seawall Road, down Alder Lane to Shore Road then up Mansel Lane and back to Seawall Road.

It will then travel to Seawall and turn at Seawall Campground, return to Main Street and then turn onto Clark Point Road, to Dirigo Road, down High Road, onto Herrick Road and back to the fire station.

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Nonprofit organizations of Mount Desert Street will commemorate the 15th anniversary of Sept. 11 with a Gathering of Remembrance and Reflection at St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 4 p.m.

Speakers Bonnie Tai and Gray Cox from The College of the Atlantic, Fred Benson (retired military) and the Rev. Tim Fleck of St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church will talk about acknowledging this devastating event, how it has changed our way of looking at the world and the chance for moving forward without forgetting the past.

The observance is sponsored by St. Saviour’ s Episcopal Church, Bar Harbor Congregational Church UCC, the Abbe Museum, College of the Atlantic and Jesup Memorial Library. All are invited to share in this time of remembrance and reflection.

A resolution adopted by the Bar Harbor Town Council on Tuesday commends the gathering at St. Saviour’s and proclaims Sept. 11, 2016 “A Day of Remembrance and Reflection in Bar Harbor.”

The resolution states: “The events of Sept. 11, 2001 were a watershed in American history as well as a turning point in relations about religious, ethnic, political and other groups in the United States and the world. Recent events in our nation and world have demonstrated that prejudice, suspicion, violence and hatred continue to poison relationships among such groups.”


The Seal Cove Auto Museum and Westside Food Pantry have teamed up in honor of the National Day of Service and Remembrance to generate donations for the Food Pantry. Visitors to the museum on Saturday, Sept. 10, and Sunday, Sept. 11, will receive free admission if they leave a donation for the pantry. “The staff and board at the auto museum recognize and value the important services offered to our community by the food pantry. We love that the museum is on the Quietside, and this is a perfect way to give back to community that has been so kind to us,” said Raney Bench, executive director of the museum.

The Westside Food Pantry does not accept donations of food, but rather works with a voucher system, which keeps costs down and allows families more freedom to select the food they need and will use. Vouchers are available to Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert and Tremont residents, and can be used at three grocery stores in those communities. Last year, Westside gave out over $115,000 in vouchers during the six months of winter when they are open.

In 2009, congress designated Sept. 11 a National Day of Service and Remembrance in honor of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. The museum is open every day 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from May 1 through Oct. 31.

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